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There Are Plenty of Stories Left in THE LEFTOVERS

Apr 23, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I thought perhaps THE LEFTOVERS could have lasted longer than three seasons. Here we are in the midst of the third and final episodes and I’m disappointed in...

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Game of Thrones

Birth Rights and Deadly Wights: New Game of Thrones S7 Trailer Drops

Mar 31, 2017

Yesterday, HBO brightened everyone’s Thursday a little when they released the first trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7. In a departure from the frantic, information-packed trailers of...

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Silicon Valley

HBO’s Spring 2017 Lineup Locked In

Feb 13, 2017

As is the norm at HBO every drama hour is coupled with a set of comedy half-hours to make a Sunday night a complete package. 2017 is a slightly different schedule than the past few years have...

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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Apr 13, 2017

In DC Comics canon, the Suicide Squad (in its most famous iteration) is a team of villains gathered by the government to undertake secret and dangerous missions. Unlike the Justice League, the...

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There Are Plenty of Stories Left in THE LEFTOVERS

There Are Plenty of Stories Left in THE LEFTOVERS

I don’t know about you, but I thought perhaps THE LEFTOVERS could have lasted longer than three seasons. Here we are in the midst of the third and final episodes and I’m disappointed in seeing it end so soon. Though I do not know what all will be revealed in the final 8 hours of this series I found myself pondering what else could have been explored. Below are a few thoughts of possible plotlines the series could have examined in an additional season or two before where we are now. What I am not suggesting, because it was a clear principle of the series, is a thorough description of the Sudden Departure that inexplicably decreased the...

The Leftovers Season Three Premiere: “The Book of Kevin”

The Leftovers Season Three Premiere: “The Book of Kevin”

Before dissecting the incredibly dense and heavily metaphorical season opener of The Leftovers, it only seems right to start with my brief yet longing love letter to the series. There is truly nothing on television even close in similarity to The Leftovers. This series has done more in 21 episodes than arguably any other series currently on television. That is, of course, largely due to the show’s incredible source material for Season One and a massive jump in intellectual creativity and intensity in Season Two.  This season presents its third and final chapter of the tale in a highly allegorical manner, in classic fashion for the...

HBO Has A DEADWOOD Script According to Ian McShane

HBO Has A DEADWOOD Script According to Ian McShane

DEADWOOD aired on HBO from 2004 to 2006. That is over ten years ago and we have been waiting for a return to the South Dakota frontier ever since. Just look at what we have been saying for a while now:   –From Aug of ’15 is Are You Still Hoping For A DEADWOOD Movie? –From Jan. of ’16 is DEADWOOD TV Movie is “Going to Happen” –From July of ’16 is Ian McShane is Ready For More DEADWOOD Now we add big news to that list with more comment from Ian McShane who, of course, played Al Swearengen. While chatting with the Press about his stint in American Gods for Starz and unfortunately passed over by HBO, he let some...

A Second Season of BIG LITTLE LIES Likely?

A Second Season of BIG LITTLE LIES Likely?

As we are well aware the limited series BIG LITTLE LIES did well for HBO. So, it only makes sense to want to cash in on that and perhaps go for a second season. Of course, that is a tall order. The producers of the production, which include director Jean-Marc Vallée, screenwriter David E. Kelley and stars Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman, went straight to the source and asked if Lianne Moriarty (pictured, right) was game for another round. Though it was not clarified who talked to the author, they approached the author of the source material to see if she had a notion of taking these characters further. Moriarty told the Sydney Morning...

HARD KNOCKS 2017 Focuses on the Buccaneers!

HARD KNOCKS 2017 Focuses on the Buccaneers!

We speculate on which team every year. We narrow down the eligible players and wait for the official announcement. Well, HBO Sports has dropped that announcement and declared that the NFL team to be scrutinized this training season on HARD KNOCKS is – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   Here is a portion of the official press release – HBO SPORTS, NFL FILMS AND THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS JOIN FORCES FOR HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, A NEW SEASON OF THE GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS REALITY SERIES, DEBUTING TUESDAY, AUG. 8, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO   HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team up for an...

If You Missing ANIMALS. Then Catch Up!

If You Missing ANIMALS. Then Catch Up!

We know that not everyone catches every little bit of HBO’s content. We know that the big Sunday night lineup is the most watched timeframe. But sometimes it is fun to explore the other content also. That is why in this post we draw your attention to ANIMALS. Have you been watching? It is an animated series, now in its second season that airs Friday nights at 11:30pm. It sheds a light on all the travails, joys and woes that face the denizens of New York City; except the denizens under examination are pigeons, rats, flies, horses, cockroaches and the other non-human inhabitants of the city. What do you know, they got the same issues as we...

GIRLS Series Finale: “Latching”

GIRLS Series Finale: “Latching”

Over the last five years, we have been invited into the world of Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Jessa Johansson and Shoshanna Shapiro. The alliterated foursome have gone through enough drama to last a lifetime and the time spent in their company has been mostly a constant delight but with dashes of frustration thrown in for good measure. As with any friendship, you spend the majority of the time loving each other but occasionally you drive each other crazy. We, the viewers have been allowed to be the fifth friend for five years now and have had the unique opportunity to be involved in every one of their lives. The season finale now, of its...

VEEP Overview: Has the President Called?

VEEP Overview: Has the President Called?

As we head into Season 6 of Veep, we find that for the first time in 6 seasons, Selina Meyer’s is not in political office. How’d we get here? Well, I’m glad you asked…Here’s an overview of that last five seasons as we anxiously await the return of the Emmy-award- winning political comedy.   Who is Selina Meyer? In the first season and a half, we get to learn all there is about the Veep (Vice-President of the USA). Meyer’s boasts a 20-year political career, and an attempted run for President but faltered and landed the role of VP. Some would say that the role of the VP is the most insignificant role and the writing seems to...

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

In DC Comics canon, the Suicide Squad (in its most famous iteration) is a team of villains gathered by the government to undertake secret and dangerous missions. Unlike the Justice League, the heroes of Suicide Squad do not join willingly, out of a sense of duty. In fact, they are not heroes, at all. They are there because they’ve committed crimes and want to regain their freedom, and sometimes because they’ve been threatened/blackmailed into joining. In its most recent slate of live action films, DC introduced Batman, Wonder Woman, and the possibility of the Justice League in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice....

Crashing: The Back 4 Episodes of Season One

Crashing: The Back 4 Episodes of Season One

Together with Judd Apatow, comedian Pete Holmes has chronicled the life of a man dedicated to pursuing his love of comedy. So naturally, he’s single and homeless. While the show title could mean crashing on stage when you bomb a set, I prefer to think of the fact that we’re all crashing our way through figuring out life. We are essentially all bulls in china shops, just trying to figure out how to get through life as gracefully as possible. And with less broken valuables. Here is what’s been happening in Pete’s life.   Episode  #5 – “Parents” You know how sometimes you see a parent and a child...

Girls: “Goodbye Tour”

Girls: “Goodbye Tour”

With the series finale of Girls upon us, there has been a major tonal shift in the series as of late, with both beautiful and heartbreaking moments. The penultimate episode of Girls does something the series had not done in quite some time—reuniting the four girls in one room together. This is one of the most emotionally crushing scenes Girls has ever done. It is incredibly raw and brutally honest. As the seasons have progressed, it has been hard to truthfully say that Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shosh are an enviable group of close-knit friends. (In millennial vernacular, they’re not #squadgoals.) We have seen them consistently argue,...

HBO’s “Ahhh” Promos– We List All the Characters!

HBO’s “Ahhh” Promos– We List All the Characters!

We know you’ve seen the launch of HBO’s new promos. Everyone is showing them. You know, you couple your stable of talent to spoof aniconic sounds effects and you magically capture the thrill of HBO’s content, or so they hope. It might just take you a second to figure out what is happening in the promos, especially since some of the shots rush by so fast. The talent appearing, and we’ll break it down on just who they are in a bit, seem for the most part to be in character. And what happens right before every one of these characters appear in their respective shows? We have the HBO intro. You know, the static field upon the screen...

Movies On HBO: WAR DOGS

Movies On HBO: WAR DOGS

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review WAR DOGS, the story of two unexpected arms dealers, and are surprised because we were sure we’d have someone. Nevertheless, we draw your attention to this film as it debuts on HBO on SATURDAY, APRIL 08 at 8:00pm. Here is how Warner Bros. describes their movie – Two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their...

HBO Documentary Films: ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

HBO Documentary Films: ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

Overview: Although 44 years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade recognized a woman’s right to choose, abortion remains one of the most polarizing issues in America. Since 2011, more than half of the states have imposed significant restrictions on abortion, including in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open in the entire state, and patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period. ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL offers an intimate window into the lives of women living in Missouri. Tracy Droz Tragos (winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary for Rich...

Dolores’ Dad, Louis Herthum Becomes Regular on WESTWORLD S2

Dolores’ Dad, Louis Herthum Becomes Regular on WESTWORLD S2

Keep doling out the WESTWORLD tidbits, we’ll take them; here’s another one. After Talulah Riley’s upgrade comes veteran character actor Louis Herthum’s turn. You recognize him as Peter Abernathy, Dolores’ father. If you recall his scenario showed him resting on the porch as Dolores looked out across the range and contemplated on what scenario she’d play out that day. Peter’s goal seemed to be more oriented towards seeing her return at the end of each day and keeping her safe because she is a Host that seems to interact with Guests quite often. He is good in his role until, you know, he glitches. Hey, that’s right. He is one...

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